How Often Should You Change Your Oil?

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An oil change is one of those must-do car maintenance items that just can’t be skipped. It’s important for drivers in Panama City, Springfield and Callaway have an oil change performed to keep the car’s engine in tip-top shape. At Honda of Bay County, our service team is here to help with your oil change needs and can answer any questions.

You might be asking yourself one important question: “How often do I need to change my oil?” Generally speaking, a car taking conventional oil should receive an oil change every 5,000 miles. If it takes synthetic oil, that increases to 10,000 miles. Of course, this is just a guideline, and there are a few things you should consider when searching for a vehicle’s proper oil change interval.

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Check the Owner’s Manual

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The owner’s manual is there for a reason. While you might not read it like it’s your favorite book, the maintenance section is worth looking at when it comes to taking care of your car. The manual can provide oil change information based on driving conditions, which might be classified as “normal”,”severe”, or “special.”

Stop-and-go driving with lots of pressing of the brakes might mean more frequent oil changes, but if a lot of your driving is easy cruising on the highway, we might not need to see you at our service center as often. Make sure to double-check the manual to see what description provided matches your driving style and habits.

Keep a Close Eye on Oil Monitoring Technology

Oil life monitors have been installed in cars over the last few years to aid in tracking when maintenance should be performed. Basic systems are generally focused on a predetermined mileage range, with an alert or light coming on letting you know when it’s time to change the oil.

Advanced systems can take information from sensors on the car to predict when the oil should be changed. The best part of this kind of system is that you no longer have to guess when the next oil change should be.

Keep Your Engine Running Smoothly

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If you’re not sure when you last had your oil changed, there are some things to look out for when driving. Your car will often give a few clues that fresh oil is needed.

This might include:

  • A clanging sound in the engine
  • Decreased fuel efficiency
  • Oil smell inside the cabin

Loud engine noise is a sign that an oil change may be needed. When the oil is clean and clear, it keeps your engine calm and quiet. But if the fluids break down, the engine can make noise due to a lack of lubrication.

It’s a good idea to check your oil at least once a month. If your car has a dipstick, take it out, wipe it off, put it back in, then take it back out again to check the oil color. If the oil is an amber shade, you’re in good shape. But if the dipstick is covered in a thick, black solution, an oil change may be in store.

Schedule Your Oil Change Today

An oil change is an easy, routine service you should take care of to keep your engine running smoothly. The talented service team at Honda of Bay County is standing by, ready to take care of your oil change and get you back on the roads of Panama City, Springfield and Callaway.

Contact our service professionals to schedule your appointment today, and don’t forget to check out our oil change and service specials!